Blackberry Island Tang Juice

Summary
blackberry-juiceToday’s juice has been selected in the spirit of spring. Last week, we focused on the strawberries which are now gracing your farmers markets and supermarket produce aisles. This week we’re looking at a different berry that is coming into season. 

Blackberries for Health

Juicy, ripe blackberries will soon be enticing you to purchase them. And you should! Not only are blackberries delicious and flavorful, they’re also a great source of many essential vitamins and anti-oxidants. Blackberries dark color is a result of a class of anti-oxidant known as anthocyanins.

For those of you who may not be familiar with anti-oxidants, they are a category of substance which blocks the action of free radicals in the body. Free radicals can cause improper cellular growth. And improper cellular growth can lead to cancer in the body. So if you follow things backward, you’ll understand the importance of anti-oxidants – they can help to reduce your risk of cancer!

The Brew

This juice combines the tart taste of blackberries with the mellow sweetness of pineapple. But if you’ve never had fresh pineapple before, you may not be aware that fresh pineapple has a distinct tang to accompany all the sweetness. Once it’s been cut up for a few days (or drowned in icky corn syrup in a can), it loses this tang. We recommend that you use it fresh in order to preserve both all of its nutritional content but also its entire flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of fresh blackberries
  • 1 ½ cups of pineapple
  • Cayenne pepper to taste if you’re feeling adventurous.

Directions

  • Wash berries thoroughly.
  • Remove skin and core from pineapple.
  • Juice it, drink it!
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